|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 08-14-2013 11:08 AM||4461 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
For over a year my bench top drill press has lived on one of those folding Work Mate benches in a corner of my shop. The drill press is one of the heavier tools in my shop and I always wanted a rolling cabinet base for it so that as needed I could roll it out into the center of my shop. I also wanted to add some storage for drill related things like my hand drills, bits, attachments, etc.
So I finally went to my Lowes and got the wood, one sheet of Plywood, and the necesary hinges, latches and drawer slides. Because I do not own a truck, I had them cut the sheet into thirds so it would fit in my car. I had previously figured out how to use that size to create the cabinet.
I had to use a hand held circular and straight edge to break the wood down to size. This went well, plus I got to use my home made clamps!
I used 1/2 inch plywood, but the top and bottom are made by gluing together two pieces for strength. Using almost all my clamps, I call this glue up a ‘clamp spider’.
I was able to make drawer as well. This went better than I’d thought, but still, I know I’m no true joiner. For the bottom of the drawer I used some 1/8 inch plywood I had rescued from a roadside find.
I did figure out a way to stop two of the casters, so that the cabinet will be more stable when not residing in its alcove. So far this is working well.
The drawer is 6 1/2 in. deep and I have enough wood left to build a sliding tray inside to help layer the contents. I’ll put that together next. The cabinet is not yet painted, but I think primer gray and maroon will go well. I’ll do the painting after I build a similar cabinet for my band saw. That will be soon, but not necessarily next.
Here a picture of the drill press stand after painting.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!